Medical Laboratory Technician

Associate in Applied Science

Medical laboratory technicians participate in helping find the causes of illness and disease by performing tests like microbiology, urinalysis, hematology, and chemistry. Medical laboratory technicians, or MLTs, work in the laboratories of hospitals, healthcare clinics, medical diagnostic labs, or physician offices.

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Instruction in the program prepares students for the work they’ll be doing after graduation as well as the board examination required for employment. Clinical rotations are offered at over 20 Illinois laboratories in the Central Illinois region.

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100% job or education placement.

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Career Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Technician

COMPLETION TIME

24 Months

if Full Time

5 Semesters
65 Total Credit Hours


What if I attend part-time?

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ESTIMATED COST

$10,695

+ supplies & fees

Based on 2022-23


What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE

6 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.


View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

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It’s an intense program emphasizing critical thinking and practical skills, but our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce and begin their career. This program is perfect for anyone looking to remain behind the scenes but be involved in patient care.

Vincent Strow, Assistant Professor – Health Careers
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How Do I Get Into the Medical Laboratory Technician Program?

Take your love of science and interest in healthcare into a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application.
  2. Submit supplemental application.
  3. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  4. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
  5. High school coursework in English, math, and chemistry is beneficial.
  6. Mandatory observation in a clinical laboratory or MLT student laboratory, or completion of MLT 100 or MLT 110.

What Can I Expect as a Medical Laboratory Technician Student?

Program Outcomes

NAACLS requires the publication of program outcomes for the last 3 consecutive years. The benchmarks which must be met to retain accreditation are:

  • Graduation rates – NAACLS requires that 70% of students who begin the final half of the program successfully graduate.
  • ASCP Board of Certification Exam Pass Rates – NAACLS requires a 75% or greater pass rate.
  • Graduate Placement Rates – NAACLS requires that 70% of graduates either find employment in the field or closely related field (for those who seek employment) or continue their education within one year.

Graduation Rate (based on final half of the program)

201920202021
No. who began the final half553
No. who began final half and graduated553
Graduation Rate100%100%100%
3 Year Average100%

Board Certification Exam Pass Rate

201920202021
No. of graduates553
No. who sat for BOC within 1 year533
No. who passed BOC within 1 year533
% Passed100%100%100%
3 Year Average100%

Graduation Placement Rate (Employment)

201920202021
No. graduates who responded543
No. placed543
Placement rate100%100%100%
3 Year Average100%

Graduation and Board of Certification Examination Eligibility

Once all program requirements are met, students graduate from the MLT program, earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician, and are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification (BOC) Exam of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), to become certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). Graduation is not contingent upon passing the BOC exam.

  • Essential Skills and Abilities

    The below information is necessary for an MLT student to meet the requirements of the curriculum. Potential students are invited to meet with the Program Director and/or the Dean to discuss any issues associated with meeting or not meeting these requirements.

    A. OBSERVATION

    • Ability to discriminate color differences/variations. Reading color chemical reactions, identifying organisms, and differentiating blood cells depend on the student’s ability to see color, changes in color, shape, and texture differences.

    B. COMMUNICATION

    • Ability to read and comprehend clinical textbooks, procedures, numbers, and graphs displayed in prints or on a video monitor.
    • Ability to communicate, not only in speech but also in reading and writing, with faculty, classmates, patients, physicians, and other health care professionals in a positive, tactful manner.

    C. MOTOR

    • Ability to manipulate glass slides, tourniquets, needles, small tubes, and collection devices. (MLT students must have the dexterity to handle and manipulate safely and properly small phlebotomy devices to be able to complete the required objectives.)
    • Ability to stand, walk, and bend repeatedly throughout an eight (8) hour period. (MLT students will be required to travel quickly throughout the institution collecting specimens at the bedside, chairside, and at times in difficult-to-reach situations.)

    D. INTELLECTUAL-CONCEPTUAL ABILITIES

    • Ability to analyze procedural tasks. Problem solving skills and critical thinking are essential to function in a clinical laboratory.
    • Ability to recognize emergency situations and take appropriate actions in a timely manner.

    E. BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality and to exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability, and accountability in the performance of their laboratory responsibilities.
    • Ability to adapt to changing environment and technology.
    • Ability to maintain composure and continue phlebotomy procedures when subjected to high stress levels. (MLT students will be subjected to difficult, high stress situations in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care areas, Pediatrics, etc…, and must be able to complete the procedures safely and appropriately.)

    F. OTHERS

    • Verification of satisfactory health through completion of the physical examination.
  • Program Handbook

    Please download and review our handbook specifically created for ICC Medical Laboratory Technician program students.

  • General Program Information

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